Once there, the booster will undergo a grueling series of tests called a "green run" that is created to demonstrate the booster's capabilities.
With a brass band playing and a parade of workers sporting Mardi Gras beads, a huge component of a new rocket system was wheeled slowly from a New Orleans spacecraft factory on Wednesday to a barge that will float it up the Mississippi River for testing.
The core of the SLS will transfer to the Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. Per NASA, the SLS rocket stage "will take the same water route that the first stages of the Saturn V rocket did when it was transported from Michoud to Stennis for testing during the Apollo Program". This year, they are challenging young Canadians across the country to take part in the Junior Astronauts campaign and learn what it is to train like an astronaut and how they can be part of future missions, to the moon and beyond.
They are the first to graduate since NASA announced the Artemis program to return to the Moon by 2024, this time on its south pole, as the U.S. plans to place the next man and first woman on lunar soil and set up an orbital space station. So the first vehicle, the Block 1, will be capable of sending about 26 metric tons or 57,000 pounds into orbits beyond the Moon. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, as well as master's degrees in space studies, flight test engineering, and defence studies. The megarocket is about the height of a 30-story building and is 322 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, and weighs 5.75 million pounds.
In addition to the tanks, the core stage houses the vehicle's avionics system including the flight computers, the vehicle navigation system and the main propulsion system, which feeds propellant to the engines.
"We are applying what we've learned from development of the first core stage to accelerate work on core stages 2 and 3, already in production at Michoud, as well as the Exploration Upper Stage that will power NASA's most ambitious Artemis missions", Shannon said. In place of NASA's Orion spacecraft, there is a fairing to protect cargo, or payloads, during launch. Initially, the space agency planned to launch the SLS by 2017, but now, the program is not on the card until at least 2021. The inspector general cited contract management practices by NASA as contributing to the SLS Program's cost and schedule overruns.